Grounded in a strong desire to improve the health of the Japanese people, Tokyo scientist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda discovered the first umami seasoning (monosodium glutamate, or MSG) in 1908 with the intent to enhance the deliciousness of nutritious food. Shortly thereafter, this seasoning was brought to market as AJI-NO-MOTO® and a company was born, grounded in an ideal that continues today: “Eat Well, Live Well.” To this day, we continue to create nutrition innovations to meet the needs of people around the world based on extensive research and our unique approach to unlocking the power of amino acids, an essential substance for life.
The Ajinomoto Group is driven by the philosophy that when nutritious foods taste good, are easily accessible, and respect local customs and flavors, global health can be optimized. We aim to help people live healthier lives through our approach to nutrition – Nutrition Without Compromise.
To promote well-balanced meals and Nutrition Without Compromise, we focus on areas such as delicious salt reduction, wellness nutrition, and sugar reduction.
Excessive intake of salt is a global health issue that we are uniquely positioned to help solve. The Ajinomoto Group will work to promote salt reduction through our amino acid technologies that provide deliciousness through umami.
Consumers are looking to reduce added sugar and calories in their diets, but still satisfy their desire for a sweet taste in their favorite foods. The Ajinomoto Group is uniquely equipped to provide a portfolio of solutions, delivering low or no-sugar formulations that are delicious and nutritious.
Our AminoScience division of Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition uses decades of amino acid expertise to formulate blends of ingredients that support wellness and sports nutrition. These amino acid blends allow people to optimize protein intake and recover from exercise more efficiently.